Trump’s NSA Pushing for 120K Troops in the Region as Tensions with Iran Rise

According to a report by the New York Times, at a meeting of US President Trump’s top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons.

According to US administration officials. , the revisions were ordered by hard-liners led by John R. Bolton, who is Trump’s national security adviser. Although they do not call for a land invasion of Iran, their policies are hawkish.

The development reflects the influence Bolton whose push for confrontation with Tehran was ignored more than a decade ago by President George W. Bush.

It is highly uncertain whether Trump seeks to disentangle the United States from Afghanistan and Syria, ultimately would send so many American forces back to the Middle East.

But tensions between US and Iran are rising, following US withdrawal from the JCPoA and reinstating sanctions in Iran.

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